Essay on The NRA Controls the Government

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The questions that surround the issues of gun safety have resurfaced again since the recent shootings in Arizona. (Luo) Are background checks enough to help prevent shooting violence? Do guns that have the capacity to fire several rounds without having to reload have any influence on the number of deaths that occur due to shootings? Should mental health screening go beyond the current set standard as a preventative safety measure? Perhaps we the American people will never have the answers to these questions, because of the interference piloted by the NRA. According to scientists and former government officials that were part of the National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, which is a division of the Center for Disease …show more content…
When we look at the tobacco industry, we clearly see the manufactures that produce tobacco products support and fund research on their products, not hinder it. We the people have access to that information, and our right to choose whether or not we use tobacco products remains in our hands. In the mid 1990s, when the NRA became aware of the centers assertion that having a gun in the home significantly increased the risk of homicide by a family member or intimate partner, they set out on a campaign lobbying in Washington to put a halt to all further studies. The NRA hurled sharp criticisms at the Center accusing them of publishing politically biased opinions. Chris Cox, the former chief lobbyist for the NRA said their “Goal wasn’t to stop legitimate scientific research, just the politically slanted ones.” Cox also accused the Center of taking a position that viewed “Gun ownership as a disease that needs to be eradicated.” Claiming the Center’s research on gun violence could not be viewed as a bona fide concern of medical science. (Luo) The NRA working in concert with pro-gun lawmakers attempted to have the Injury Center eliminated altogether. However, when they failed to accomplish the demise of the Center they turned to the appropriations process, and with the help of

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